Family escapes house fire which left their South Shields home 'unlivable'

A South Shields family could move into emergency accommodation after a kitchen fire left their home “unlivable”.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:31 pm

Emergency services were called to East Avenue, South Shields, on Monday, April 6 following reports of a fire.

Two crews from South Shields Community Fire Station were called to the blaze, which happened in the kitchen of the property, at around 7.45pm.

A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed to the Gazette that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

Damage to the property in East Avenue, South Shields.

She said: “The kitchen was 100% smoke damaged. The remainder of the property was moderately damaged by smoke and there was light smoke damage to a neighbouring property.

“The residents had evacuated prior to our arrival - one was handed over to paramedics.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman added: “The fire has left the property unlivable and the occupants have been offered emergency accommodation at a hotel.”

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